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Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon, but because of a malfunction, they end up on Mars instead.
When on Mars, they explore and discover a ruined city of a past civilization
This movie is part of the collection: Sci-Fi / Horror
Director: Kurt Neumann
Producer: Kurt Neumann, Murray Lerner
Production Company: Lippert Pictures
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Sci-Fi; Lloyd Bridges
Contact Information: www.k-otic.com
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Interesting root Scifi
I watched destianation moon first then this, starting a viewing experence of early scifi.
The launch here was a v2 rocket for one shot, in a way they should have made the whole thing look like a V2, including on landing, a V2 looks real. If you overlook that buck rogers clone ship, it is remarkably well done given the time frame and budget. Several key points are missing, such as cameras, logs, recordings, but they do get some action right. I did not like the ending, they should have throw out the hurt guy on a chute. And tryed a crash landing. All in all in left me rather in minor doom and gloom. Some may like that...
Subject: One Of My Favorite S.F. Films
I saw this film, as a kid, when it first came out and fell in love with it....bad science and all. This film and Destination Moon absolutely started the trend of treating intersteller space films in a much more mature and adult manner I always wanted to own it and did in a VHS cassett in the eighties but lost it. then along came Wade Williams who completely screwed it up by replacing the red tint with a poor sepia tint and edited other parts of it to his satisfaction.
I have no problem with Wade offering a more updated version of RXM as long as he offered the origional version but he didn't
Where can I get a copy of the origional with it's origional red tint and not edited? I have VHS copies of the origional that I got off Amazon but want a DVD copy as well.
Subject: WOW WHAT A BLAST!!
Surprise ending. Not the best technically, but very interesting as a movie for that era.. Definitely a gem and certainly worth watching.
Subject: A Gem for Its Time
A great film considering it was made in 1950! As a occupant of reality some 60 years into the future from 1950, you definitely have to suspend many disbeliefs. It must have seemed plausible to the veiwing audience as far as the rocket interior. Going to Mars was a real stretch, though. Otherise, great film!
Subject: This is the 1978 version
This is the 1978, Wade Williams "Special Edition" version with added effects
and spaceship models.
The original version has stock footage of V2 rockets.
Subject: Watch It!
Not much I can say about this film as reviews by quigs, bearpuf, skybandit and picfixer cover it well. I'm glad that there's a good copy here at IA for those of us that love this sort of schlock.
This movie, especially for the year in which it was made, is a real treat! Sure, the effects are cheap by current standards, but it's the story, script, and the acting that put it far ahead of Destination Moon, which came out around the same time. This film is about PEOPLE, not MACHINES.
ROCKETSHIP X-M is a vintage sci-fi movie marvel!
Subject: 61 years old and still holds up
Wonderful film which is, in the words of a British science-fiction journal, "a triumph of the pulp imagination." A small part of me wishes they'd remake it with Jeff Bridges playing the lead scientist Dr. Extrum, and you could make the story line work today with some technical revisionism and creativity. "Experimental fuel mixture goes beserk"-- why not?
Many people have already commented on the music by Grofe, and it's wonderful, but Albert Glasser had a hand in it too and I think the "discovering the martian ruins theme" (my favorite) was him. When I moved to California for a few years, Red Rock Canyon was one of my first stops just to walk around "Mars" based on it being a film location for RXM. Plus, I love the fact that the XM's interior set was reused in the silly but still enjoyable "Flight to Mars."
As much as I love this film, I have to put it on the same pedestal as "Destination Moon." That was the film that made kids in the 1950's believe it might really be possible to travel in space through its painstaking accuracy.
Subject: Sound works fine
The sound works fine for me now. Great film,worth seeing.
Smoke Screen -
Subject: Minor SF-classic
This is a relativly untypical SF flick of its time
because of its story and its ending. And for that
this film gets some credit. Its a minor classic of
the genre i think,but not a must see film by any
Subject: Great Film
I love this film and glad to see it on IA
Subject: sound problem
I had the same problem with the audio. My Windows Media Player won´t play it, but my VLC player does. So anyone with comparable problems should download a proper audio codec for his media player or otherwise download VLC player which is a free program. I hope this helps.
This is a marvellous movie, highly recommended.
Subject: What the heck?
Good picture. But no sound what so ever. I was so disappointed. Did anyone else have this trouble, and what did you do to remedy it? with sound it would have been a 5 star movie. but without sound.....
Subject: Star Trek it Ain't
I love Lloyd Bridges and he was one of two good things about this movie. It's an ok movie for a dull, rainy, Saturday afternoon. But besides Mr Bridges, listen to the music. Very dramatic and symphonic for a 'B' movie...really. Very grand in scope. So grab a beer and some chips and kick back. You could do worse.
Subject: What? No little green men?
If "Flight to Mars" in terms of its production values was low-budget Monogram Pictures' "Gone With the Wind," then this movie in terms of its production values was schlock mill Lippert Pictures' "Ben Hur." A manned rocket aimed at the moon hits Mars instead. That's mighty poor shootin', partner! …..Okay, that's enough. I don't want to be too hard on what was a real attempt at serious science fiction. The cast is okay, and so is the screenplay, though the pacing is a bit off with too much devoted to time in transit and not enough time on Mars. Of course the special effects are dated, but that doesn't mean they aren't interesting - especially the porthole views and the matte paintings of the devastated Martian landscape. As for scientific accuracy, keep in mind that this film came out in 1950. Finally, writer-director Kurt Neumann must be complemented for a villain-free plot, a romantic subplot that doesn’t interfere with the main story, and most particularly for the surprising finale that set this movie apart from every other scf fi adventure of its era.
Subject: Morris Ankrum!
A film of many firsts: First depiction of nuclear devastation and ragtag mutants, first American movie depicting manned rocket flight, (produced on a shoestring and in a hurry in order to beat "Destination Moon" into the theaters) first American film to have a female astronaut, first space movie with an Odious Comic Relief character in the form of Noah Beery Jr., and the first Science Fiction film of Morris Ankrum!
Probably best known by B-movie fans for playing Generals in “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," “Beginning of the End,” and “The Giant Claw,” he was also involved in no less than four films about Martians: “Rocketship X-M,” “Flight to Mars,” “Red Planet Mars,” and “Invaders from Mars.” He played scientists in “Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman,” “Giant from the Unknown,” and “Kronos,” among over 200 film roles in his career. He started as a bit player in 1933 and ended up playing a Judge on 23 episodes of “Perry Mason.”
Subject: Ferde Grofe's Music Score
The next time you view this film, listen to the music. It was composed by Ferde Grofe, who was one of America's most popular symphonic music composers. He is best known for the GRAND CANYON SUITE, MISSISSIPPI SUITE, DEATH VALLEY SUITE, HOLLYWOOD SUITE and several others. He also wrote many pop tunes and arranged for Paul Whiteman's band. His RXM score is dramatic, and used the theremin in the Mars sequences for the first time in a sci-fi film. This original soundtrack was presented on a LP record by Starlog Records, and is often available on EBay. The ROCKETSHIP X-M score is one of Ferde's best compostions, even though it was written in two weeks. Lippert Pictures was almost the only company that would hire Ferde to write music. He also wrote the score for Lippert's THE RETURN OF JESSE JAMES later in 1950.
Subject: A Real Thigh Slapper
This is worth seeing just for the lousy science it exudes to the viewer. Listening to the explanations to how to drive a space ship and how their craft (from a religious perspective) got perfectly reconnoitered to a few thousand miles to Mars from the moon in just days from the time they took off is quixotically hysterical.
Lloyd Bridges wonderful sexist attitudes about why women shouldn't be in space and where they really ought to be hit the time period of the '50's perfectly and all goes together to make this a fun to watch movie.
And wait 'til you see what they find on Mars and the explanation to why it happened. Did they find life? Did they find ruins? Did the movie have a happy ending? Did Lloyd Bridges end up on Sea Hunt and Jerry Seinfeld?
Four stars as wonderful classic science fiction.
Subject: Thorougly innacculate: Thoroughly enjoyable
Despite the two previous reviewers, this Sci-fi
film developed the idea of a "mutant race" that was beaten to death in the 1950's scfi film that came after it. In 1950, G.Pal's film "Destination Moon had come out two months before this little gem emerged on the screen. Mr. Pal's film was
amazely accurate but incredibly dull eventhough today it is considered a "marvel in science films"(Brosley Crothers N.Y. Times film critic).
The miniscule budget of "Rocketship X-M was aimed at a different age group-adolesences. A date movie. In the orginal print of the above film, the Martian Landscrape was to be a red color by using a red tint over the camera lense. In 1958, "The Angry Red Planet" of another trip to Mars, the landscrape was shot using the negetive part of the film. Rocketship XM deserves at least 5 stars for ingenuity,4 for Music, and sadly 3 for storyline.
Subject: bearpuf is right!
This is a great movie for a cold rainy day... just a nonsense sci-fi that screams of the social mores of the 1950's.